(Isaiah 9:6) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Once again the holiday season is upon us friends and family will be gathering together to exchange gifts and enjoy the company of each other. However more and more often some are forgetting the real reason we celebrate Christmas each year. In a Huffington Post article it noted a Pew, survey which polled 2,001 American adults about the holiday, it found that while nearly all Christians celebrate it, only two-thirds view it as a religious day. Meanwhile, 80 percent of non-Christians said they took part in Christmas, though most said they do it as a cultural celebration rather than one of faith.
At 82 percent, evangelical protestants were most likely to see Christmas as a religious holiday, following by white Catholics (66 percent), black Protestants (60 percent) and white mainline protestants (56 percent). About half of Hispanic Catholics said it was a religious holiday. Christmas has been so commercialized through the years that it’s no surprise that people don’t celebrate the birth of our savior. (John 3:16) For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Personally I feel one of the purest ways to recognize and celebrate the birth of the savior is to help and serve others. The giving of toys and games is so detached from why our savior came. Scripture tells us that (John 1:11) He came unto his own, and his own received him not. We can say that the same is true today.
God gave all of humanity a gift that none of us deserved and to this day many have not accepted. As people everywhere exchange gifts some won’t last 24 hours others may last for years and years yet those who receive them may forget they exist. However God’s gift of the savior is one that supersedes any other gift given by anyone throughout all of human history. The gift of the savior brought fallen humanity back into fellowship with our creator. It bridged the gap that was created when Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden. There is so much in the Gift that God gave us there is Life and Life eternal. There is hope, healing, peace; understanding, joy, and happiness yet people neglect to accept this gift. As we celebrate Christmas this year the return of our lord is drawing ever closer as my Grand Dad was quoted as saying “You can wait until judgment day to find out that Jesus is real but if you do. It will be too late to do anything about your soul. Accept the Lord today the gift of salvation is a gift that will keep on giving throughout all of eternity there is no better gift to give or receive Be Encouraged and Blessed Merry Christmas Minister Mike.